WASHINGTON - Americans in Syria are
encouraged to leave and travel to the country should be
postponed, the US State Department said on Friday following
widespread violence that has pitted thousands of protesters
against the government.
The State Department warned that given the "ongoing
uncertainty and volatility" US citizens are urged to leave
immediately while transportation is still available. The
advisory also encouraged Americans who remain to limit any
nonessential travel within the country.
The advisory expands a travel warning issued in late April
that ordered eligible family members of US government
employees and certain non-emergency personnel to leave.
Syrian security forces on Friday killed at least 18
protesters in attacks on tens of thousands of protesters who
poured into the streets to demonstrate against the rule of
President Bashar Assad on the first Friday of the Muslim
fasting month of Ramadan.